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Monday, September 14, 2020


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Occupational Employment and Wages in Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford — May 2019

Workers in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area had an average (mean) hourly wage of $30.24 in May 2019, about 18 percent above the nationwide average of $25.72, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner William J. Sibley noted that, after testing for statistical significance, wages in the local area were higher than their respective national averages in 16 of the 22 major occupational groups, including management, healthcare practitioners and technical, and educational instruction and library. No other group had an hourly wage significantly lower than its respective national average.

When compared to the nationwide distribution, Hartford area employment was more highly concentrated in 10 of the 22 occupational groups, including management, business and financial operations, and educational instruction and library. Conversely, seven groups had employment shares significantly below their national representation, including food preparation and serving related, transportation and material moving, and sales and related. (See table A and box note at end of release.)

Table A. Occupational employment and wages by major occupational group, United States and the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area, and measures of statistical significance, May 2019
Major occupational group Percent of total employment Mean hourly wage
United States Hartford United States Hartford Percent difference (1)

Total, all occupations

100.0 100.0 $25.72 $30.24* 18


5.5 8.1* 58.88 65.38* 11

Business and financial operations

5.6 6.7* 37.56 38.93* 4

Computer and mathematical

3.1 4.0* 45.08 44.88 0

Architecture and engineering

1.8 2.2* 42.69 43.35 2

Life, physical, and social science

0.9 0.7* 37.28 38.49 3

Community and social service

1.5 2.1* 24.27 28.38* 17


0.8 1.1* 52.71 52.39 -1

Educational instruction and library

6.1 6.9* 27.75 32.18* 16

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media

1.4 1.3 29.79 29.79 0

Healthcare practitioners and technical

5.9 6.7* 40.21 45.21* 12

Healthcare support

4.4 4.8* 14.91 16.29* 9

Protective service

2.4 1.8* 23.98 26.31* 10

Food preparation and serving related

9.2 7.4* 12.82 14.73* 15

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance

3.0 2.8 15.03 17.97* 20

Personal care and service

2.2 2.5* 15.03 16.49* 10

Sales and related

9.8 8.2* 20.70 21.41* 3

Office and administrative support

13.3 13.6 19.73 22.62* 15

Farming, fishing, and forestry

0.3 (2) 15.07 19.53* 30

Construction and extraction

4.2 2.8* 25.28 29.55* 17

Installation, maintenance, and repair

3.9 3.1* 24.10 26.82* 11


6.2 6.2 19.30 23.01* 19

Transportation and material moving

8.5 6.9* 18.23 18.32 0

(1) A positive percent difference measures how much the mean wage in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area is above the national mean wage, while a negative difference reflects a lower wage.
(2) Indicates a value of less than 0.05 percent.
* The mean hourly wage or percent share of employment is significantly different from the national average of all areas at the 90-percent confidence level.

One occupational group—business and financial operations—was chosen to illustrate the diversity of data available for any of the 22 major occupational categories. Hartford had 39,020 jobs in business and financial operations, accounting for 6.7 percent of local area employment, significantly higher than the 5.6-percent share nationally. The average hourly wage for this occupational group locally was $38.93, significantly above the national wage of $37.56.

Some of the larger detailed occupations within the business and financial operations group included accountants and auditors (5,920), management analysts (3,520), and human resources specialists (2,850). Among the higher-paying jobs in this group were personal financial advisors and management analysts, with mean hourly wages of $70.14 and $46.59, respectively. At the lower end of the wage scale were credit counselors ($22.09) and tax preparers ($24.63). (Detailed data for the business and financial operations occupations are presented in table 1; for a complete listing of detailed occupations available go to .)

Location quotients allow us to explore the occupational make-up of a metropolitan area by comparing the composition of jobs in an area relative to the national average. (See table 1.) For example, a location quotient of 2.0 indicates that an occupation accounts for twice the share of employment in the area than it does nationally. In the Hartford area, above-average concentrations of employment were found in many of the occupations within the business and financial operations group. For instance, insurance underwriters were employed at 5.5 times the national rate in Hartford, and labor relations specialists, at 2.5 times the U.S. average. Personal financial advisors had a location quotient of 1.0 in Hartford, indicating that this particular occupation’s local and national employment shares were similar.

These statistics are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, a federal-state cooperative program between BLS and State Workforce Agencies, in this case, the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Notes on Occupational Employment Statistics Data

Changes to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Data

With the May 2019 estimates, the OES program has begun implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Each set of OES estimates is calculated from six panels of survey data collected over three years. Because the May 2019 estimates are based on a combination of survey data collected using the 2010 SOC and survey data collected using the 2018 SOC, these estimates use a hybrid of the two classification systems that contains some combinations of occupations that are not found in either the 2010 or 2018 SOC. These combinations may include occupations from more than one 2018 SOC minor group or broad occupation. Therefore, OES will not publish data for some 2018 SOC minor groups and broad occupations in the May 2019 estimates. The May 2021 estimates, to be published in Spring 2022, will be the first OES estimates based entirely on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC.

In addition, the OES program has replaced some 2018 SOC detailed occupations with SOC broad occupations or OES-specific aggregations. These include home health aides and personal care aides, for which OES will publish only the 2018 SOC broad occupation 31-1120 Home Health and Personal Care Aides.

For more information on the occupational classification system used in the May 2019 OES estimates, please see and

The May 2019 OES estimates use the metropolitan area definitions delineated in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 17-01, which add a new Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for Twin Falls, Idaho. For more information on the area definitions used in the May 2019 estimates, please see

Technical Note

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey is a semiannual survey measuring occupational employment and wage rates for wage and salary workers in nonfarm establishments in the United States. The OES data available from BLS include cross-industry occupational employment and wage estimates for the nation; over 580 areas, including states and the District of Columbia, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), nonmetropolitan areas, and territories; national industry-specific estimates at the NAICS sector, 3-digit, most 4-digit, and selected 5- and 6-digit industry levels, and national estimates by ownership across all industries and for schools and hospitals. OES data are available at

The OES survey is a cooperative effort between BLS and the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs). BLS funds the survey and provides the procedures and technical support, while the State Workforce Agencies collect most of the data. OES estimates are constructed from a sample of about 1.1 million establishments. Each year, two semiannual panels of approximately 180,000 to 200,000 sampled establishments are contacted, one panel in May and the other in November. Responses are obtained by mail, Internet or other electronic means, email, telephone, or personal visit. The May 2019 estimates are based on responses from six semiannual panels collected over a 3-year period: May 2019, November 2018, May 2018, November 2017, May 2017, and November 2016. The unweighted sample employment of 83 million across all six semiannual panels represents approximately 57 percent of total national employment. The overall national response rate for the six panels, based on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, is 71 percent based on establishments and 68 percent based on weighted sampled employment. The sample in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area included 3,676 establishments with a response rate of 61 percent. For more information about OES concepts and methodology, go to

A value that is statistically different from another does not necessarily mean that the difference has economic or practical significance. Statistical significance is concerned with the ability to make confident statements about a universe based on a sample. It is entirely possible that a large difference between two values is not significantly different statistically, while a small difference is, since both the size and heterogeneity of the sample affect the relative error of the data being tested.

The May 2019 OES estimates are the first set of OES estimates to be based in part on survey data collected using the 2018 SOC. These estimates use a hybrid of the 2010 and 2018 SOC systems. More information on the hybrid classification system is available at

The May 2019 OES estimates are based on the 2017 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). More information about the 2017 NAICS is available at

Metropolitan area definitions

The substate area data published in this release reflect the standards and definitions established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area includes

includes the following cities and towns in Connecticut:   

Andover town, Ashford town, Avon town, Barkhamsted town, Berlin town, Bloomfield town, Bolton town, Bristol city, Burlington town, Canton town, Chaplin town, Colchester town, Columbia town, Coventry town, Cromwell town, East Granby town, East Haddam town, East Hampton town, East Hartford town, Ellington town, Farmington town, Glastonbury town, Granby town, Haddam town, Hartford city, Hartland town, Harwinton town, Hebron town, Lebanon town, Manchester town, Mansfield town, Marlborough town, Middletown city, New Britain city, New Hartford town, Newington town, Plainville town, Plymouth town, Portland town, Rocky Hill town, Scotland town, Simsbury town, South Windsor town, Southington town, Stafford town, Thomaston town, Tolland town, Union town, Vernon town, West Hartford town, Wethersfield town, Willington town, Windham town, and Windsor town.

For more information

Answers to frequently asked questions about the OES data are available at Detailed information about the OES program is available at

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request . Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.
Table 1. Employment and wage data for business and financial operations occupations, Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area, May 2019
Occupation (1) Employment Mean wages
Level (2) Location quotient (3) Hourly Annual (4)

Business and financial operations occupations

39,020 1.2 $38.93 $80,980

Buyers and purchasing agents

2,240 1.3 32.51 67,630

Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

2,700 2.4 39.74 82,660

Insurance appraisers, auto damage

150 2.7 33.64 69,960

Compliance officers

1,590 1.3 40.91 85,100

Cost estimators

650 0.8 38.08 79,210

Human resources specialists

2,850 1.1 33.19 69,040

Labor relations specialists

760 2.5 31.64 65,810


290 0.4 34.47 71,700

Management analysts

3,520 1.3 46.59 96,900

Meeting, convention, and event planners

260 0.6 28.14 58,520


370 1.1 32.42 67,440

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

610 1.7 36.67 76,270

Training and development specialists

1,400 1.1 35.12 73,040

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

2,350 0.9 34.97 72,740

Project management specialists and business operations specialists, all other

4,340 0.9 39.26 81,660

Accountants and auditors

5,920 1.2 37.70 78,420

Property appraisers and assessors

260 1.1 38.31 79,680

Budget analysts

550 2.7 40.65 84,550

Credit analysts

350 1.2 36.33 75,570

Personal financial advisors

860 1.0 70.14 145,900

Insurance underwriters

2,190 5.5 41.70 86,740

Financial examiners

150 0.6 45.28 94,190

Credit counselors

190 1.5 22.09 45,950

Loan officers

690 0.6 34.21 71,160

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

530 2.5 41.22 85,740

Tax preparers

320 1.2 24.63 51,240

Financial and investment analysts, financial risk specialists, and financial specialists, all other

2,940 1.6 42.25 87,880

(1) For a complete listing of all detailed occupations in the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area, see
(2) Estimates for detailed occupations may not sum to the totals due to rounding, and because the totals may include occupations that are not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.
(3) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.
(4) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.


Last Modified Date: Monday, September 14, 2020